- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CORNER, Ala. (AP) - Deputies are investigating after they say someone shot and killed a baby pet alpaca in northern Jefferson County.

Deputies responded Monday evening to a home near Corner for a report of an animal being shot, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The owner told authorities that he found one of his alpacas shot to death on his property after it didn’t show up for its normal afternoon feeding.

The alpaca named Gladys appeared to have been shot twice. The animal would have turned 1 year old in September.

“My husband has been an animal lover since he was born and he is just heartbroken,” Jona Capps said of her husband, Rob Capps.

“It makes me sick,” she told Al.com (https://bit.ly/2aKrPG6 ).

Deputies believe the shooting likely occurred Sunday night.

Deputies are conducting an animal cruelty investigation, Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian said. No arrests have been made.

The Capps live on seven acres along Warrior-Jasper Road where, up until Monday, they had four alpacas, three donkeys, two emus, a Great Dane, an English Mastiff, and numerous chickens and pigeons. They used to also have an African Spurred Tortoise and three peacock, all of which have since died of natural causes.

Each day about 4 p.m., the couple feeds the menagerie, and Monday was no different. Except, Gladys was a no-show.

“She was there Sunday and she ate,” Jona Capps told Al.com. “On Monday, my husband said, ‘I can’t find the baby alpaca. I’ve got to go find her.’”

Jona Capps went to look in the lower pasture and Rob Capps went the opposite way. When they met back up, Rob Capps shared the sad news with his wife.

“He said she had two bullet holes,” she told the news site. “I wouldn’t go look at her.”

Since it’s not yet deer hunting season, she believes the shooting was deliberate - and just plain mean.

“I just think anybody that could do that is evil, coldhearted and cruel,” she said. “Karma will come around and will bite you in the butt.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact sheriff’s deputies.

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